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Inside Higher Education, “The Blown Opportunity”, 9/25/14
GI Jobs, ”Tailored To You", September 2014
The New York Times Schools for Tomorrow, "State of the Online University", 9/9/14
Utah Business, "A Virtual Success", 9/2/14
World Magazine, “Good Credit”, 8/22/14
Inside Higher Ed, "Competency vs. Mastery", 7/25/14
KSTU-FOX Salt Lake City, July 2014 Commencement coverage, 7/13/14
KUTV-CBS Salt Lake City, July 2014 Commencement coverage, 7/12/14
USA Today/Associated Press, "Online School Curbs Cheating", 8/29/13
Fast Company, "Most Innovative Companies 2013", 2/11/13
American RadioWorks, "A School of Clicks, Not Bricks", 9/12/12
Bloomberg Businessweek.com, "WGU: A Second Chance at College", 8/23/12
NPR – All Things Considered, "Online School Helps Grown-Ups Finish College", 1/3/12
Washington Monthly, "The College For-profits Should Fear", 8/29/11
Bloomberg Businessweek.com, “Online Education, With a Low-Cost Twist”, 3/21/11 .
NBC Nightly News, New York, “Downloading a College Degree”, 7/17/09, WGU is featured on national NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams as a flexible, cost-effective, accredited university for working adults.

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Questions & Answers

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When was WGU founded?

WGU was conceived in 1995 at a meeting of the governors of Western Governors Association. The governors recognized the potential to expand higher education through distance education technologies to adults who needed to improve their skills and knowledge. The following year, 1996, Western Governors University was chartered. Over the following three years, much work went into developing a new university, essentially from scratch, that would also incorporate a "competency-based" approach into all its degree programs. The university was incorporated as an independent nonprofit university in 1997 and enrolled its first students in 1999.

Does WGU have graduation ceremonies?

Yes, WGU has formal graduation ceremonies, held twice a year. If you'd like to watch highlights of a recent WGU commencement, click here.

How quickly is WGU growing?

WGU is growing quickly but not so quickly that we lose sight of the importance of each student. Our approach remains highly personalized.

Who is WGU's press contact?

If you represent the press, you can contact:

Joan Mitchell
VP of Public Relations
jmitchell@wgu.edu
801-274-3280, ext. 5463